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Council District Map will help you identify your City Council district by typing in your address.

Council District Map

Identify your City Council district by typing in your address.

Jurisdictions Web Map helps to determine a location's jurisdiction by searching for an address or street name.

Jurisdictions Web Map

Determine a location's jurisdiction by searching for an address or street name.

Property Profile Map

Property Profile

Property Profile answers questions about specified properties and development regulations within the City. With Property Profile you can search for information, see aerial images including street views, create custom maps, download data, and run a report detailing information about a specified property.

Parks Web is an interactive map where you can find a park, trail or the nearest parks and recreation amenity/facility.

Parks Web

An interactive map where you can find a park, trail, or the nearest parks and recreation amenity/facility.

Zoning Profile Report will help to validate the zoning, zoning cases, zoning ordinances, zoning overlays, future land use and regulating plan information that is associated with a property.

Zoning Profile Report

Validate the Zoning, Zoning Cases, Zoning Ordinances, Zoning Overlays, Future Land Use & Regulating Plan information that is associated with a property.

AE Storm Center is a Customer Outage Portal. It shows location and severity of power outages across the city.

AE Storm Center

Customer Outage Portal. Shows location and severity of power outages across the city.

Downtown Map Viewer is a viewer with a default view of downtown and containing overlays and districts specific to downtown.

Downtown Map Viewer

Viewer with a default view of downtown and containing overlays and districts specific to downtown.

Watershed Web Map will help you find out which watershed you live in.

Watershed Web Map

Find out which watershed you live in.

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Flood Mitigation Buyout Map provides the status of flood mitigation buyout activities in the City of Austin.

Flood Pro helps by containing a variety of userful information about flooding in Austin.

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Crime Viewer is a web map that will help the user get a better idea of the crime activity in areas in Austin.

Crime Viewer

This web map will help the user get a better idea of the crime activity in areas in Austin, in hopes that the user will be able to make a better informed decision on their desired destination.

Crime Map is a mobile friendly web map for crime incidents. It helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area.

Crime Map

This application is a mobile friendly web map for crime incidents. It helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe.

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City of Austin Cartographic Style Reference

The City of Austin Cartographic Style Reference is a comprehensive guide that details the design properties for the majority of layers contained in the city's GIS. The guide itself is a lightweight html application that reads a configuration file and displays the style properties of any map service listed within


In Austin, Texas, like many places, the numbers of trees in neighborhoods mark a divide of race and income.

For Austin, the correlation can be seen in tree canopy maps that city staff have overlaid with demographics and other data using a geographic information system (GIS). In west Austin—the area west of Interstate 35—tree canopy covers 78 percent of the land. In east Austin, tree canopy covers only 22 percent.

&#;It&#;s really interesting that Interstate 35 is also a dividing line for ecoregions,&#; said Alan Halter, a senior GIS analyst with the City of Austin. &#;If you go west, you get into the Hill Country, with a lot more tree cover, but east Austin hasn&#;t historically supported as many trees. And when you look at who lives where throughout Austin&#;s history, communities of color have resided in east Austin.&#;

Inequity in Numbers of Trees

In , Austin&#;s Master Plan (a term no longer used due to its racial connotations) relegated the city&#;s Black communities to a district east of present-day Interstate Redlining made it nearly impossible for residents to move, while it placed fewer restrictions on white residents to purchase homes in Austin&#;s heavier-canopied parts of town.

The s locked in environmental injustices, when the planning commission zoned all east Austin property as &#;industrial,&#; affecting nearby residents with the area&#;s lower air quality, higher temperatures due to a lack of tree cover, and other health-related issues.

This common pattern is found throughout the world—the prevailing winds, blowing west to east, bring pollution to the eastern parts of town.

When Halter first mapped Austin&#;s trees, he was focused on the city council&#;s urban forest plan.

&#;I created the first Community Tree Priority map back in , and it was really tree-planting oriented—to figure out where to plant trees,&#; Halter said. &#;At that time, equity was a consideration but wasn&#;t really a main focus. We were mostly looking at where tree canopy existed and didn&#;t exist, with the idea to increase shade across town and get trees where they&#;re not currently located.&#;

As Halter added layers of data to the map, he saw the relationship between socially vulnerable neighborhoods and areas with minimal trees. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, equity became a strong focus of the Austin Community Climate Plan, so the map needed to change.

&#;We released an update in with equity as the driving force,&#; Halter said. &#;We&#;re now looking at tree planting to achieve positive outcomes for people, such as improved public health; reduced heat-island effects; and, of course, addressing climate change, because it&#;s related to everything.&#;

To understand the impacts of having fewer trees, the city participated in an urban heat island mapping project coordinated by the federal government&#;s National Integrated Heat Health Information System, a collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

&#;Volunteers drove different routes in their cars with fancy devices poking out of their windows that recorded temperatures every few seconds,&#; Halter said. &#;Using GIS, we could extrapolate temperature readings on a larger scale to see what heat looks like around town and compare it to tree canopy.&#;

The result was an interactive web map showing that morning temperatures were higher in dense urban areas close to the city center than in other areas. Results exposed how concrete structures that absorb solar heat in the day and radiate it at night can be seven degrees hotter than outlying areas in the day and five degrees hotter at night. Strategies to mitigate the effects of urban heat islands include white roofs; more crosswalks so that people don&#;t have to walk as far; more bus shelters; and, of course, more trees.

The Effect of Trees on the Lives of Residents

Planting more trees in an underserved area starts a positive chain reaction: more trees mean more canopy; more canopy means more shade; more shade means less heat; less heat means lower energy bills and more outdoor activity. Therefore, more trees result in improved health and quality of life.

Trees create fresh air while also cleaning some pollutants. The greenery is appealing, which draws people outside where they can move around and be more social. A recent study even found that street trees are present where fewer people take medications to deal with depression. Trees also actively cool areas in a process that&#;s similar to perspiration.

&#;The scientific term is evapotranspiration,&#; Halter says. &#;I noticed it on a superhot day in July at midday, and suddenly these trees started to cry or sweat, as if it was raining. The trees are taking up water from the ground, then it goes up to the leaves, and then the tree rains on itself and the water goes back into the soil. It&#;s kind of a breathing, liquid-to-gas process.&#;

This analogy is fitting, since forests are often called the lungs of the earth, but most people don&#;t experience the process so directly.

&#;Trees cool the environment—you can actually feel it,&#; Halter said.

This measurable benefit is often referred to as an ecosystem service.

Trees also help protect areas from increasingly severe storms—especially important in a place like Austin, which experiences frequent cycles of drought and flooding. Tree roots draw in rainwater and keep the soil from washing away. The leafy limbs slow heavy raindrops before they hit the ground, so the soil is less prone to erosion.

Selecting the Right Trees

In , the US Forest Service (USFS) conducted an inventory of trees in Austin to help understand tree canopy in detail and also assess the carbon sequestration capacity of trees.

USFS analysts determined that in Austin, there are currently million trees, which store about million tons of carbon dioxide. Researchers found that every year, the trees remove about 92, tons of carbon as well as 1, tons of air pollutants, and reduce residential energy costs by $ million.

The inventory included a species review, finding that the most common trees are Ashe juniper, cedar elm, live oak, sugarberry, and Texas persimmon.

Ashe juniper, Halter said, is &#;the number one cause of tree allergens in Austin—but it&#;s also the tree species with the greatest air quality impact because it&#;s an evergreen species and Ashe juniper trees act as year-round air filters. Ashe juniper also captures the most stormwater runoff and sequesters the most carbon in our urban forest. It&#;s a weird dichotomy—the tree that&#;s disliked the most is also the tree that&#;s helping us the most.&#;

Community tree priority map

Like all urban-forestry specialists, Halter and his colleagues in Austin have a difficult management task dealing with weather and infestations. Oak wilt, a fungal disease that is spread by beetles and gets into the root system, can be spread from tree to tree underground. The emerald ash borer is a nonnative pest that hasn&#;t hit yet, but Austin is getting ready because once it&#;s present, it typically wipes out the entire ash tree population.

&#;We don&#;t yet know the impact climate change will have on pests like borers or the fungus causing oak wilt, but we can expect things to get worse with a rise in temperature, which increases the stress on trees,&#; Halter said. &#;We have tree doctors that go out and give shots to the trees for things like oak wilt, but it&#;s really tough for trees to respond and survive if they&#;re not getting enough water to begin with.&#;

Trees, Equity, and Social Justice

According to Austin&#;s climate plan, the city &#;recognizes historical and structural disparities and a need for alleviation of these wrongs by critically transforming its institutions and creating a culture of equity.&#; The city gives away free trees every year, but it has only recently examined—from an equity perspective—where those trees have been planted.

&#;We have to look at who has the means to drive across town on a Saturday to pick up trees,&#; Halter said. So trees are now offered at giveaway events located in previously underserved neighborhoods. &#;With canopy mapping, we can assess it and show people, through the data, what that looks like. And the community tree priority map—with scoring metrics to show areas of higher need—focuses our grant funding and a lot of tree planting.&#;

To help with this work and greater community outreach, the city has established the Youth Forest Council.

&#;We offer paid internships which provide our youth a pathway to green careers,&#; Halter said. The students in the council work alongside professionals in Austin&#;s urban forestry program, gaining practical knowledge about natural and environmental sciences, and using GIS for urban forestry. Ultimately, the Youth Forest Council helped shape the community tree priority map, providing valuable input about trees, equity, and health. Halter hopes the students start to see how GIS helps people understand complex relationships.

&#;Of course, we know that climate solutions have the potential to improve the quality of life for all people,&#; Halter says. &#;But we also know that climate change impacts don&#;t really affect everyone equally.

&#;And that is at the heart of our plan. We are preserving existing trees and planting new trees, where trees are most needed.&#;


Learn how GIS advances racial equity; social justice; and sustainable, inclusive development.

About the author

Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas is the director of government markets at Esri and a founding team member of the Industry Marketing Department. Prior to joining Esri in , he was the first GIS coordinator for the City of Ontario, California. Thomas frequently writes articles on the use of GIS by government. Follow him on Twitter @GIS_Advocate.

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Set up your UT ArcGIS Online Account

Creating and Managing your UT ArcGIS Online Account

All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to create an ArcGIS Online account that is linked to the University of Texas at Austin's ArcGIS Online organizational account. Establishing a UT linked ArcGIS Online account provides access to a variety of useful capabilities that go far beyond what is offered by the free-tier "public" ArcGIS Online accounts that anyone is able to create. Creating an UT linked account will allow you to accomplish the following:
  • Store geospatial datasets in the cloud for backup purposes
  • Share access to geospatial data that is stored in your account with other ArcGIS Online users
  • Publish map services and feature services for your datasets that allow them to be added to interactive web maps
  • Use a simple graphical interface to construct custom interactive web maps that you can share with others
Please be aware that the process for creating new UT linked ArcGIS Online accounts was updated in January and the guide linked to below describes the new standard process for a creating an account. If you already have a UT linked ArcGIS Online account that was created prior to January you can continue to use your existing account or your can choose to create a new account that is tied to your UT EID credentials. Creating a new account will make managing your login credentials easier since all new accounts are tied to the account user's UT EID credentials but it will require that any existing content from your old account that you still wish to use be downloaded to your computer and then re-uploaded to the new account.

To get started with the process of creating an ArcGIS Online account, follow the steps below:

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to Once on the page, click the Sign In button in the top right of the page.
  2. On the Sign In page, click the Enterprise login button. Next, enter ut-austin in the text field that appears under the wording "Your ArcGIS organization's URL" and then click the blue Continue button.
  3. Click the new blue button which appears that should say University of Texas at Austin. At this point you will be automatically redirected from to the standard UT Austin sign in page. Enter your UT EID and password (the same credentials you use to sign in to all other UT services) and then click the Sign In button.
  4. You should now be redirected back to and be successfully logged in to your new UT linked ArcGIS Online account. Your unique account name will be automatically created using the formula "UT EID" + "_ut_austin". Every time you would like to log in to your account you will repeat these same steps.
While a UT linked ArcGIS Online account does provide functionality that can help facilitate research projects you should also be aware of the limitations of utilizing an account that is dependent on your continued affiliation with the university. New accounts are not assigned geocoding privileges by default so any users requiring the ability to geocode with ArcGIS Online will need to contact [email protected] to request an update to their account configuration. Please also note that while you will be able to enjoy the benefits of ArcGIS Online while you are enrolled as a student or employed as a faculty/staff member, once your connection to the university ends due to graduation, leaving for other employment, etc. your account will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to access content that you may have uploaded to it during your time at UT. Consequently, it is your responsibility to ensure that all content (datasets, web maps, etc.) saved in your account that you wish to preserve after leaving UT is downloaded from your account and saved elsewhere prior to the end of your affiliation with the university. If you also want to ensure that any content you have created with your account remains publicly available or is transferred to a permanent UT ArcGIS Online account please consult the guide at

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